As a writer formulates the plot to his or her story, they have to deal with the elephant in the room- the world that the characters will be based in. The writer should know that they have the power to develop it in whichever way they want. They have to factor in how the world will look like, how different it will be from other worlds, interesting creatures that will inhabit the world and what the people will be like.
Writers who manage to create interesting worlds earn their books a huge following. With that said, let’s take a look at what one needs to create a world and how to create a world:
Before you set out trying to create a world, you should consider every aspect of the world. Don’t just write about where your characters live and work. Go into deeper details such as the laws that govern your world, the kind of government in that world, the history of that world, technology, cultures and such. To guide you in all this, let’s break it down into smaller steps.
- Read on other worlds
A great way to find inspiration for your world would be to read other author’s worlds. For example, from J. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Ring’s, you can learn how to show your world as well as the elements in that world.
- Watch movies
World building is not only exclusive to books. Movies offer great resources to writers who wish to learn how to build worlds. From movies, one can learn how to make one’s world come alive, from how the filmmakers do it. Be keen to see what makes the world come alive.
- Blend worlds
If you are clueless or can’t come up with a world of your own, you could take two ideas from other sources, and fuse them together to come up with a world of your own while giving it your own twist.
- Come up with a map
Once you come up with a world, a great way to add depth to it would be to draw a map to the world. The map doesn’t have to be detail-laden. A simple sketch will do.
- Come up with the history of the world
Another great thing to consider is the history of the world. Take into account the people who used to inhabit the world, how different they are from us and what makes them different.
- Plants and animals in the world
Putting plants and animals in that world will help make it relatable to. Will the animals in your world be tame? Is the world under the cover of thick forests? Such questions will guide you in determining the flora and fauna of your world.
Despite coming up with a great world, you shouldn’t sacrifice the characters’ stories so as to expound on your world.